This self-assessment tool is comprehensive and evaluates the organization aspirations (mission and vision), strategy, organizational skills (including planning and fundraising for instance), human resources (board, staff, volunteers, etc.), systems and infrastructures, culture, etc. This tool is found in appendix of the report on Effective Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations. The full report is available at www.vppartners.org.
This comprehensive offline assessment tool will help any non-profit assess its performance with regard to the following areas: mission and vision; strategic planning and evaluation; programming; community participation; advocacy/public relations; marketing; financial health and planning, monitoring and reporting; fundraising; governance/board management; human resources; information technology systems; facilities management. Larger organizations will find the tool useful to identify strenghts and weaknesses.
This toolkit is intended to be used by the non-profits themselves to address the following shortcomings: inadequate measures of institutional capacity, difficulty diagnosing priority areas within an organization for improvement, lack of simple mechanisms to improve understanding by staff of the interrelated components of the organization, and inadequate mechanisms to compare institutional development across organizations. The Toolkit emphasizes participation, use of management systems, and the independence of the organization.